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Two executives who built former President Donald Trump’s alternative social networking platform Truth Social have left the company a new report from Reuters

Chief technology officer Josh Adams and chief of product development Billy Boozer have both resigned less than a year after joining Trump’s social media company. Their departure follows the disastrous debut of the Truth Social app on February 20, a launch plagued by technical issues and a 13-hour outage.

More than a month after launch, there is little improvement to be seen in the service. New users are still being put on an ever-growing waiting list of million or more people to join the app. Trump has only posted to the network once.

At the time of publication, it’s unclear if Truth Social has found replacements for the retiring executives or if they’ll be working in different roles at the company. Adams, Boozer and the Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The edge

Trump touted his own social networking app shortly after he was banned from Twitter in January 2021 as a result of the January 6 riots in the US Capitol. First, Trump launched a blog on his campaign website that looked like a Twitter feed. He was later courted by other alternative social platforms, such as Parler and Gettr, to join their companies exclusively. Trump turned down those offers, and TMTG joined the parent company of Rumble, a YouTube alternative to free speech, through the company’s SPAC.

At launch, Truth skyrocketed to become the most downloaded app in Apple’s App Store for social networking. But just a few weeks later, the “censorship-free” Twitter clone has hit the 28th most popular spot, despite all the hype surrounding the app from the Trump wing of the Republican Party. Apptopia, an analytics company, recently reported that Truth peaked at 170,000 downloads per day and has now fallen to about 8,000.

In February, Devin Nunes, a former member of the House and head of TMTG, told Fox News that Truth social would not be “fully operational” until the end of March. The company has not yet made any announcements about the official launch and Google Play Store apps from the first week of April.

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